Travel News: October 25, 2018

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London’s Mandarin Oriental to reopen in December
Hotel Management

Just six months after a devastating fire undid what was meant to be “the most extensive restoration in its 115-year history,” the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is scheduled to fully reopen on Dec. 4 from a partial closure with new public areas, restaurants and event spaces. It will also unveil the renovated and enlarged Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London.


New Research Findings Show Wonder of Travel is Being Lost
Travel Pulse

Travel it seems, may be losing a bit of its luster for some globetrotters.

As part of a new, thought-provoking survey from Trafalgar, 89 percent of survey respondents said travel is enjoyable but stressful and difficult to plan. What’s more, 49 percent said that “real” travel experiences didn’t actually feel that real – that travel is becoming a common tourist trail.

Additionally, 37 percent of those surveyed felt they didn’t see any “real culture” on their last trip and almost half of the participants said if they did, the experiences were not unique.

“The results were surprising and somewhat disconcerting, with the overall sentiment stipulating that rather than travel evoking wanderlust, the wonder of travel is getting lost,” Trafalgar said in a statement.


Disney inks deal for second private cruise destination in Bahamas
Travel Weekly

Disney Cruise Line has won preliminary approval from the Bahamian government to build a destination for its ships on the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera, about 75 miles east of Nassau.

The approval, which was opposed by conservationists, came from the Bahamian cabinet. A final agreement must be negotiated between the government and Disney, and the Bahamian Parliament must sign off.


Lin-Manuel Miranda announces partnership between NYC and Puerto Rico
USA Today

The tourism marketing organizations for New York City and Puerto Rico have announced a first-ever partnership to encourage travel between the two destinations.

NYC & Company and Discover Puerto Rico signed the official alliance at an event hosted by award-winning film and theater star Lin-Manuel Miranda at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan on Tuesday. Miranda’s Broadway hit “Hamilton” will have a limited engagement in Puerto Rico in January, with Miranda reprising his role as Alexander Hamilton.

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